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    • #12277
      Ken Friedrichsen
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      This bell was removed from a church in Connecticut and is 44″ accross. There are no visible markings or raised letters anywhere. Does anybody know what this bell is or where it was made and when?

    • #17507
      Neil Goeppinger
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      Your bell is either iron or steel. That is apparent by the shape of the bell. There were some smaller firms which made bells with no markings. Without them, it is not possible to determine who made the bell. With a better picture of the bell’s outside profile I could tell you if it was pre Civil War or post, but that is as much information as I can give without knowing who made the bell. I can’t tell from the picture of the outside of the bell which era it was made. — Neil

    • #17508
      Ken Friedrichsen
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      Here is the picture of the outside profile. Unfortunately it is missing the clapper and wheel. The rust on it is only surface rust, assuming that a wire wheel and some paint would work well for a restore? Thank you for responding, much appreciated.

    • #17509
      jackbell
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      It resembles none I’ve seen in many years of bell interest. The foundry probably specialized in other products and cast very few bells. A machine shop can design a clapper, A stands, and pins to fit into the yoke. The clapper ball should be about 5 inches in diameter and strike the thickest part of the lip. The wheel was probably of wood and replacing it isn’t really important.

    • #17510
      Ken Friedrichsen
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      Thank You JackBell. I have the “A” Stands just missing the pins, clapper and Wheel. I also think that the Clapper rod should be jointed based on the guides under the bell. I was hoping to make a stand for it for my front yard, the neighbors would love it. The mystery behind who and where this was made makes this Bell interesting. Hopefully Neil can shed a bit more light on it.

    • #17511
      halanb
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      [attachment=0:r3kkru7v]Bell1-rotate1.jpg[/attachment:r3kkru7v]

    • #17512
      jackbell
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      It’s a whopper! Glad you are going to restore/display it.

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